The actor who played the original Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, a character in Tales of The City has died at the age of 55.
Marcus D’Amico was just 55 when he passed away. He died on the 16th December, but his passing was confirmed by his sister Melissa D’Amico on the 23rd.
Taking to Instagram she wrote, ““Not only have I lost my beautiful brother but the world has lost an incredibly talented actor and director. Words cannot express how much I miss him.”
The actor apparently died from Bronchial pneumonia at his home in Oxfordshire.
He is survived by his mother, two sisters, a half-brother, and a son and daughter.
Born in Germany to an American father and a British mother, D’Amico was raised in Britain.
Early in his career, D’Amico had small roles in Superman II (1980) and Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987). He guest-starred in Jeeves & Wooster (1993), As Time Goes By (1994), and the black comedy Murder Most Horrid (1996). Other appearances included UK police drama The Bill (2002), also had a recurring role in the UK soap opera Family Affairs (2005).
According to sources, Despite the success of his performance as Michael “Mouse” Tolliver in Tales of the City, D’Amico did not appear in the 1998 sequel More Tales of the City. (The role was recast with Paul Hopkins, who went on to appear in Further Tales of the City in 2001.)
According to author Armistead Maupin, “Despite the rumours, it is not true that Marcus D’Amico wasn’t invited back because of issues surrounding his sexuality. The production team met Marcus and he expressed ‘ambivalence’ about returning to the role of Mouse.
“The director felt it was important to find someone who would enthusiastically embrace the role.”
However, he had referred to his past work on the Tales of the City miniseries as “Exhausting, enlightening and challenging.